Thursday, October 25, 2018

AI A Priority For U.S. Government

There’s nothing like a little Van Halen in the morning. In a rousing talk at the Washington edition of our GPU Technology Conference Wednesday — our fourth such show in just over a month — U.S. Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent presented a video outlining a far-reaching vision of IT modernization accompanied by “Right Now,” a signature anthem of one of America’s greatest bands.

“I use that song because there’s a message — right now — because we are not waiting,” Kent said after the video highlighted work being done across the federal government in everything from agriculture to transportation and healthcare to cybersecurity. “Now is the time to seize this opportunity.”

The U.S. federal government — long a leader in AI investment — is engaged in a sweeping effort under Kent to organize the vast quantities of data the government “collects, creates and acquires” to drive everything from healthcare to improvements in our economy. “AI is a priority for this entire administration, our lawmakers and federal leaders,” Kent said.